Most back pains are not serious but if you are not getting better after a week or two, the recommendation is to see a registered practitioner such as a chiropractor who specialises in these problems as soon as possible (www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng59). The discomfort is usually due to sudden or repetitive strain of joints, muscles or ligaments between the vertebrae in your spine causing stiffness and muscle spasm.
A case history will be taken and you will be asked questions about any medical conditions you may have and how your back problem began and any previous investigations or treatments you may have had in the past. Chiropractors are skilled at detecting the area causing the problem and will explain what is wrong and the proposed treatment plan.
You will be invited to ask any questions. A combination of treatments may be used involving gently freeing the stiff joints with our hands, which is known as manual therapy or manipulation, or using other treatments such as massage, ultrasound or acupuncture. This is the fastest way to get you better and treatment is safe, effective and not painful.
Advice about pain control and activity will be given and often specific exercises will be suggested to help you manage your problem and to prevent it recurring.
Remember early treatment will get you better faster.